Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Field Services offers various services to help individuals with disabilities obtain and/or maintain competitive employment in the community. The services offered by ARS are vast, and our vocational rehabilitation services team members are ready to help you get started. Services are currently being provided via phone, teleconference, and in person. To help ensure the safety of our staff and the community the agency has established protocols that align with the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Please review our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Process At-A-Glance section for further details.
To learn more about our programs and services, please call (800) 330-0632 or locate a field office nearest you.
Field Services include career and technical education and training, transition from school to work or postsecondary education, on-the-job training, and ancillary support services that clients may need to obtain and/or maintain competitive employment. Please contact the field office nearest you to set up an appointment for an initial interview with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will assist you with obtaining the necessary assessments, if appropriate, to determine eligibility.
Please review our Vocational Rehabilitation - Adult section for further details.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services works to provide opportunities for Rehabilitation counselors and schools to develop partnerships in an effort to prepare high school students with disabilities the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve successful transition from high school to post-secondary life.
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Transition Counselor works with students, teachers, principals, and other appointed school staff, as well as, families and community resources. Together they coordinate services and develop programs with the intent to improve and provide quality post-school outcomes through student engagement in Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
Learn more about Transition Services including Opportunities for Work-based Learning (OWL), Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), and Film Camp..
As a workforce development partner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) assists clients with finding the right job so they can lead productive and independent lives. Business Engagement services also assists businesses in achieving a competitive advantage by offering qualified job candidates who are trained in a wide variety of skills and have the good work habits that employers value.
Employers from every job sector, including federal contractors, indicate that hiring individuals with disabilities helps them reduce training costs and increase job retention rates, while improving workforce diversity.
Through an individualized assessment, the Business Engagement consultant will get to know ARS clients so they can assist the client and business with finding the right person for the right job.
Services include (for clients and business partners):
To learn more, please contact the Business Engagement office at 501-296-1665.
It is the mission of SDHH to provide high quality, innovative services that result in employment opportunities, improved quality of life and full inclusion in society for Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind. The professional staff of SDHH is knowledgeable about the unique barriers faced by people with hearing loss and speech disabilities, and is experienced in collaborating with both the person experiencing the barrier as well as the community at large to develop effective solutions.
Learn more about SDHH
The Small Business Program exists to allow clients with entrepreneurial pursuits to seek self–employment as a realistic employment goal. Evaluation of eligible individuals is necessary to assure the feasibility of this employment objective.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Jackson, Small Business Consultant
Email: [email protected]
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Practicum & Intern Opportunities
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) offers non-paid practicums and internships for undergraduate and graduate students. ARS offers placement opportunities to students whose educational background aligns with vocational rehabilitation services. We are strongly interested in offering students an opportunity to work closely with a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Onsite and virtual opportunities are available.
Our staff helps thousands of individuals with disabilities each year with meeting vocational outcomes. You will have an opportunity to work directly with your onsite supervisor to implement the many things you have learned during your educational experience.
Candidates chosen to complete a practicum or intern placement with the agency will be expected to coordinate client services including conducting intakes and vocational assessments; determining eligibility; providing vocational counseling; developing Individual Plans for Employment; providing transition services; and any other service needed to help Arkansans with disabilities with achieving a vocational outcome. The candidate will also be expected to work in the electronic case file system documenting actions taken throughout the counseling process. In addition to working with the placement supervisor, the candidate will be expected to participate in staff meetings, staff training, and any other activity deemed necessary by the local Rehabilitation Area Manager or the Deputy Chief of Field Services.
How to Apply
To apply for a practicum or internship placement at ARS please complete the following:
Send your application materials to:
Dr. Deandriea Bass-Carrigan
1 Commerce Way, Suite 206
Little Rock, AR, 72201
Fax it to: 501.730.9728